Charleston Southern senior right-handed pitcher Cody Smith was selected in the 39th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday afternoon. The Goose Creek, S.C. native was taken with the 1,164th pick of the draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Smith joins former alum Chris Singleton as the second player taken in the MLB Draft in the Adam Ward coaching era and third overall since 2015.
Smith made 22 appearances out of the bullpen in 2018 for Ward and was a fixture at closer for the Bucs over the past two seasons. He finished his senior campaign with 29.0 innings pitched to go with a 44:16 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a team-best 13.66 k/9 inn. ratio on the season. He finished the year third in the Big South in saves (7) and fourth in games finished (15).
Smith finished third all-time in CSU's career annals with 17 saves over his four seasons with the Bucs. He earned Big South Second Team All-Conference honors in 2017.
Smith is the first Buccaneer to be selected by the Pirates in program history and marks the second year a National League Central team has taken a CSU player after Singleton was selected by the Cubs in 2017.